For those who are curious, here is one reviewers list of favorite films for last year. The full discussion will occur in our next podcast, No. 171. The short version of the theory behind this list is that they are all personal favorites, and comprise films that I will continue to re-see ad infinitum. Domestic… More
Among other things, the 1970s through the 1990s were a great time for the essay-review. Certain publications thrived with their authoritative contributors, magazines such as The New York Review of Books and the Village Voice, The New Republic and the conservative voices of The New Criterion, then the rise of Spy and the New York… More
Those of us who are Fargo fans already can’t wait for the third season, the second having just ended last Monday with its 10th episode. But in the off season there’s a way to occupy our minds, and that’s play a Fargo game and try to anticipate what might occur in Season Three based on the things… More
It’s Christmas a week early for Star Wars fans as Chapter 7, The Force Awakens hits the screens. Our teams discusses that film along with Youth and James White and a few other inconsequential artifacts.
This week, a staff of two look at In the Heart of the Sea, a Ron Howard adventure about the true story behind Moby Dick; the new Frederick Wiseman documentary In Jackson Heights; and two celebrations of grand directors, Hitchcock-Truffaut and the centenary series of Orson Welles at the NWFC. Show Notes: Audio notes in the show itself provide… More
It’s a trend. A recent spate of biographies call into question the truthfulness of their subjects. A new, short account of Dashiell Hammett and the sources of his writing life calls into question many of his claims. A recent clump of books about Orson Welles celebrating, to a degree, his 100th centenary, take varied stances… More